Sat 21
First Team
Byron House
J Nield-Smith (25'), D Beech (80'), (87')
Bankers keep moving on up

Bankers keep moving on up

By Matt Taylor
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Bankers won their fourth game in a row and are now unbeaten in seven after defeating Byron House. Bankers are now seventh in the league table.

A strong squad was available to Bankers this week, with five subs named on the bench; including the return of former captain Joe Lodge.

There were limited chances in the first half as both teams took a while to settle into the game. Overall, Bankers looked the most dangerous when on the attack. Robert Jerrison again was stretching the defence with his tireless running, and made some good runs towards the right hand side of the area.

Around 25 minutes in, Bankers took the lead through their only real chance of the first half. Daniel Beech passed the ball across the edge of the area and found James Nield-Smith, who struck first time into the near bottom corner; with the ball bouncing just before it reached the keeper. A cool finish and a cool celebration to go with it. Half time arrived with Bankers leading 1-0.

The first 20 to 25 minutes of the second half was similar to the first, with limited chances at both ends. A very good chance did fall to Byron House though. Byron’s striker was stood in space behind the Bankers’ back line around 10 yards out; calls for offside were made but the ref waived them away. Luckily keeper Scott Dinnigan stayed alert and pulled off a fine save as it was struck low to his right. A crucial save in an important period of the game.

With around 30 minutes remaining, Phil Miskell had replaced goal scorer James Nield-Smith in central midfield. Phil thought he had a chance to score with more or less his first touch when the keeper was in no-man’s land and he went to shoot from 40 yards out with his weaker foot. But the Xabi Alonso goal will have to wait for another game.

Sam Dean was brought on a few minutes later in replace of the energetic Ben Clitheroe and Matt Taylor came on for the last 20 minutes, replacing fan favourite Robert Jerrison. A shuffle to the team was made with Daniel Beech moving up front, Matt Taylor just behind him and Sam Dean on the right wing.

In the last 20 minutes Byron House began to press higher up the pitch, and Bankers exploited this by producing a number of counter attacks, with the subs providing fresh legs to run at Byron’s defence. The first chance fell to Daniel Beech, who was played through on goal but the keeper made himself big and produced a save. Another strike was made from outside the area from Phil Miskell, but this was blocked.

Still at 1-0, Matt Taylor had a great chance to double the lead. Daniel Beech played a low bouncing cross from the left hand side, Sam Dean ran to the near post but he and the Byron defence missed the ball. Matt Taylor came running in but missed the target with his strike.

Byron carried on applying pressure themselves but Bankers’ defence and midfield continued to frustrate their attackers.

With around 10 minutes to go, Bankers finally doubled their lead. Daniel Beech chased a long ball that seemed to be comfortably falling to Byron’s keeper; but he faulted under pressure and Beech was able to pounce on his mistake. The ball bounced up high next to Beech and he was able to volley it over the keeper into the far corner of the net. 2-0 to Bankers.

Bankers continued to attack Byron’s goal, a lay back from Matt Taylor after a run down the right found Sam Dean but Byron’s left back was able to block any attempt at a shot. Jack Roe had a strike at goal after finding space just inside the area, but this was also blocked.

Byron’s defence looked vulnerable at this point and this was highlighted by Bankers’ third goal. Byron’s centre half had control of the ball inside his area facing his own goal, both Sam Dean and Matt Taylor chased it down. The Byron defender decided to back heel the ball just as Sam raced in front of him and the ball bounced off Matt Taylor who was just behind and it rolled over to Sam. Sam then drilled a terrific low cross across the goal and found the onrushing Daniel Beech who coolly side footed the ball into the net. 3-0 to Bankers.

Bankers had time for one more chance before full time. Another cross from the left bounced at the near post, Matt Taylor managed to snatch it just in front of the keeper and laid it back to Captain Mikey Russell, who narrowly missed with that sweet left foot of his.

Shortly after the full time whistle was blown and the score line finished 3-0 to Bankers. Despite not getting off to a great start, Bankers came out with another good win, and the team ending the day a bunch of heroes!

This Saturday, Bankers travel afar to South Kirkby Colliery, 2pm KO.

Manager’s Man of the Match: Joe Jerrison – sponsored by Adnan’s fried chicken house – providing quality food and friendly customer service to all.


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Sat 21, Nov 2015




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